05 October 2006
Imperialism continues to bleed in Iraq
The cull rate in Iraq began to climb last month and is now spiraling steadily upwards - 22 Americans were killed in the first four days of this month.
What seems to be happening is that the Americans are trying to take control of Baghdad, which means that they have to leave their bunkers and take on the guerrillas in the streets. However, about a third of this month's casualties are from other areas of the country: this might mean that the Iraqis are taking the opportunity presented to them by a weakened American presence outside Baghdad, to mount local attacks.
It is interesting that the Americans have begun penetrating the outer margins of Sadr City, the enormous Shia slum on the eastern side of Baghdad. Juan Cole reports that they might try to take this area, as they see it as the key to controling the Shia militias. If that happens, all hell is going to break loose.